November 5, 2009

Ole Miss among leaders for Rivals250 WR

With the Mississippi 6A high school playoffs beginning in just more than a week, the time is approaching for prospects to lock down official visits.

Four-star Oak Grove, Miss., wide receiver Robert Johnson doesn't have his list quite ready, but the top contenders for his signature are beginning to separate themselves. The nation's No. 36 wide receiver and No. 233 overall prospect for the 2010 class has already taken an official visit to West Virginia and has four remaining.

"I've been talking about going to visit Auburn with (teammate) Jay (Hughes)," Johnson said. "That might be the next visit I take. I'll go to Tallahassee when Florida State offers and then one to Ole Miss, although I've been there twice already."

Johnson touts 11 Division I offers and has consistently given Florida State high marks, even though the Seminoles haven't formally extended an offer.

"I've been waiting, but we'll see."

Ole Miss was the first team to offer Johnson, and that relationship has stayed steady throughout the recruiting process. Wide Receivers coach Ron Dickerson is in charge of bringing Johnson to Oxford, and the 6-foot, 196-pounder continually places the Rebels at or near the top of the contenders.

"Coach Dickerson calls every week and keeps in touch," Johnson said. "They were the first school to start talking to me, so it's a good relationship. I also talk to (head coach) Houston Nutt."

Johnson is aware of Ole Miss' struggles on offense - and in general - this season but doesn't seem deterred. The Rebels are searching for consistency and production other than senior Dexter McCluster.

"It's not discouraging because there is opportunity," Johnson said. "They rotate freshmen and let the playmakers get on the field. If you play well, you'll play."

Other than the schools that have offered and Florida State, North Carolina seems to be the only other program that could alter the current leaders. Tar Heels secondary coach Everett Withers formerly coached at Southern Miss, Johnson's hometown school.

Oak Grove closes out the regular season Friday against Hill (Jackson, Miss.) and has clinched a playoff berth. When the season ends, Johnson will break down the leaders.

"I'm worried about football right now, but the time will come," Johnson said.

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